In the early 19th century Cardigan was reputed to have over 60 recognised ale houses.
In 1850 there were over 50 licensed premises as well as a considerable number of what were locally called 'smwglins'; secret, hidden, unlicensed and notorious places where beer was brewed and sold and trade in smuggled wines, spirits and other goods carried on...
Tafarn Smwglin sits in its own courtyard on the Teifi wharf side at Cambrian Quay, on the ground floor of an eighteenth century warehouse, once sail-lofts and chandlery and who-knows-what. Nowadays we have license for our fine selection of welsh beers and spirits and have smuggled in some none-welsh drinks too. Dubious trade still persists, but the trade is in the stories the size of the fish, the glory of the try and the day it didn't rain.
In the Pizzatipi courtyard. Cambrian Quay, Cardigan, SA43 1EZ. Open 10-10pm, Mon-Sat, June-September. www.pizzatipi.co.uk